Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Badab Characters 101: Howling Griffons

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Codicier Ignatius from Fourth Company Librarium is back with his highly popular Badab Characters 101. This installment is all about the ever so busy Howling Griffons.

"The Howling Griffons are an Ultramarine successor. The Chapter is almost continually at war and does not shy away from campaigns of attrition. They have extensive forges on their homeworld to allow quick replacement of battlefield losses. Their production capacity is so large that they can not only maintain their aggressive stance, but have access to large amounts of advanced equipment, such as Mk VIII power armor and the Land Raider Prometheus.

The Howling Griffons follow the Codex Astartes, but view it as a fine military treatise rather than holy doctrine. They are a generalist Chapter and maintain the ability to engage in any type of warfare at any time. Finally, the Chapter has a strong core of Librarians thanks to recruiting from a planet with a high incidence of psyker-births.

Chaplain Dreadnought Titus

Titus is a Venerable Dreadnought, with all that that entails. He comes with a Dreadnought close-combat weapon, either a lascannon or assault cannon, and extra armor. As a Chaplain Dreadnought, Titus re-rolls missed “to hit” rolls when he charges and makes all friendly Space Marine models within 12” Fearless.

That’s pretty much it. He’s an option for an HQ Dreadnought if that’s your thing but he doesn’t bring much to the army. I would have liked to see his re-roll extended to an aura, so all units charging within 6” of him re-rolled missed “to hits.” In my mind, the main role of Chaplains is supporting the squads around them.

In my experience, the Howling Griffons are the most common of the Badab War armies (other than Salamanders) to appear on the table. I think this is mostly because of their very distinct and bright color scheme. While yellow and red are both difficult colors to paint, a well-done Howling Griffon is really impressive. 

As far as I know, that's the last Chapter from IA: 9. Next week, I'll start in on IA:10. I haven't written anything yet, so if there's a chapter that you would like me to cover first, let me know. Otherwise, I'll just go in the order they're presented in the book."

Thanks Ignatius, I have been looking into this chapter and I'm amazed they have survived this long! They've  had chapter Masters ambushed and assassinated, suffered heavy losses in the Badab war and fought in the 13th Black Crusade to revenge fallen comrades, just to name a few actions. These guys love a good fight! I have to agree with Ignatius in that Titus is a little lacking in special abilities, but hey who wouldn't want another dreadnought they can add to their army? So have at it what are your thoughts?

Wanted to finish with this picture enjoy.

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